Friday, June 27, 2014

Medical problems

Thursday evening, suddenly my right foot began to hurt like crazy! On the right side of that foot, in one place, it was hurting so bad that I could not do anything else. Could not sleep! Could not walk. I just stayed in bed and watched the minutes go by.

I had aspirin in my medicine cabinet. But I cannot take aspirin because I am on Coumadin [Warfarin] treatment. In the morning, I asked my friend John to bring me over some Tylenol [which is OK for Coumadin]. After I took a couple of Tylenol, I began to be able to hobble around. Before that, I had crawl on my hands and knees.

Kaiser doctor
I made an 11am appointment to see Doctor Lee, my primary care physician at Kaiser. I hobbled to my Honda car, and drove to the nearby Kaiser clinic.

Doctor Lee diagnosed the pain as coming from an infection in my foot and prescribed an anti-biotic for that. While in the Kaiser pharmacy, I picked up some extra-strength Tylenol for pain.

The afternoon
I spent the afternoon in my LazyDay recliner with my feet elevated, as instructed by Doctor Lee. My foot still hurts, but the pain is much reduced by Tylenol.


  1. Did the Lee say what caused the infection in foot?

    1. No. Doctor Lee did not tell me what might have caused a foot infection. Unfortunately, I did not think of that question when I was with Doctor Lee.

  2. George! Get better...!!! (We are getting ever closer to launch, should be down that way in two weeks or less - a friend who owns several acreages up around Valley Center will let us park there when we're in the area)

  3. What the heck brought that on? Did you step on something and not know it?

    1. Good question! I do not know the answer.

  4. George, I prayed for healing for you. May you heal, quickly!

  5. Gout is very common and a simple blood lab test for Uric Acid levels confirms the condition.

    Gout can present in a number of ways, although the most usual is a recurrent attack of acute inflammatory arthritis (a red, tender, hot, swollen joint).[4] The metatarsal-phalangeal joint at the base of the big toe is affected most often, accounting for half of cases.[5] Other joints, such as the heels, knees, wrists and fingers, may also be affected.[5] Joint pain usually begins over 2–4 hours and during the night.[5] The reason for onset at night is due to the lower body temperature then.[3] Other symptoms may rarely occur along with the joint pain, including fatigue and a high fever.[3][5]
    Long-standing elevated uric acid levels (hyperuricemia) may result in other symptomatology, including hard, painless deposits of uric acid crystals known as tophi. Extensive tophi may lead to chronic arthritis due to bone erosion.[6] Elevated levels of uric acid may also lead to crystals precipitating in the kidneys, resulting in stone formation and subsequent urate nephropathy.[7]

    Very paintul and takes a few days to resolve with NSAIDs.